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Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2020-2021 (archived)

Module SGIA48715: Capturing and Counting Peace and Conflict

Department: Government and International Affairs

SGIA48715: Capturing and Counting Peace and Conflict

Type Tied Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Available in 2020/21 Module Cap None.
Tied to L2K609, L2K909


  • None.


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • To investigate different methods for capturing and counting peace and conflict
  • To develop and practice skills and techniques involved in the Everyday Peace Indicators
  • To explore the epistemological factors that lie behind different approaches to capturing peace and conflict


  • How can we ‘capture’ and accurately convey peace and conflict? This module will investigate these issues – ethical, methodological and practical – in relation to contemporary peace and conflict. It will examine various attempts to ‘capture’ peace and conflict, paying particular attention to top-down and bottom-up methodologies and the different approaches that they use. The module will culminate in a training of the Everyday Peace Indicators system and its use in a simulated exercise. Indicative module content includes: top-down indicator systems, proxy indicators systems, participative numbers, counting and not counting casualties, monitoring and evaluation of peacebuilding projects, survey work, gender, the interface between top-down and bottom-up indicator systems, the story and methodology of the Everyday Peace Indicators project, measuring SDG16.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Students will have, by the end of the module,
  • • developed a knowledge of contemporary approaches to data collection in relation to peace and conflict
  • • an appreciation of the connections (and disconnections) between top-down and bottom-up forms of knowledge in relation to peace and conflict.
  • • an understanding of some of the ethical issues and practicalities associated with data collection in relation to peace and conflict
  • • an awareness of the Everyday Peace Indicators methodology via desk-based learning and simulation
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Students will, by the end of the module,
  • • have an advanced ability to analyse issues linked to monitoring and evaluation in relation to peace and conflict
  • • be empowered to design their own monitoring and evaluation tools
  • • be able to engage in research projects at MSc level connected to the subject of capturing and counting peace and conflict
Key Skills:
  • Students will be able, by the end of the module,
  • • to demonstrate an ability to construct argument critically for both oral and written presentation from different sources of material, including material delivered orally and in an article review, report or policy document
  • • to demonstrate an independent approach to learning, critical thinking and creative problem-solving
  • • to use sophisticated techniques of information retrieval and management using an array of print and digital resources
  • • to demonstrate an ability to work cooperatively and constructively in group exercises and role plays
  • • to formulate complex arguments in articulate and structured English, within the discursive conventions and genres of academic writing and written to high academic standard
  • • to demonstrate effective time management.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • • This module will be delivered in workshop style – that is, it will be participatory, experiential and skills based, demonstrating theory-practice links. During the module students will be given mini-lectures, briefings and be expected to participate in small group work and presentations. Students will – in teams – develop their own participatory evaluation tools and pilot them. (NB. This will involve a research exercise. Ethical issues will be dealt beforehand).

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Workshop 1 Easter term 2 days 15
Preparation and Reading 135
Total 150

Summative Assessment

Component: Pre-Course Essay Component Weighting: 30%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Article Review 1000 100%
Component: Post-course Essay Component Weighting: 70%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Report 2500 100%

Formative Assessment:

The course will be heavily interactive and will include student presentations and discussions, practical exercises and role play based on case-studies and scenarios. Students will be given ongoing feedback on these exercises and will have the opportunity to seek clarification and ask further questions on the material arising from these activities throughout the course.

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University